Horizon reaches safety milestone at Stockton mill
BakingBusiness.com, Dec. 5, 2011
by Josh Sosland

STOCKTON, CALIF. — Horizon Milling is marking 20 years without a single employee lost-time incident at its Stockton flour mill. The company said the achievement reflects a long-term focus at Horizon on “creating awareness and maintaining diligence about safe practices and behaviors.”

Troy Anderson, vice-president of operations at Horizon Milling, described creating and maintaining a safe work environment as a “core value at the company.”

“For us to be successful, safety must be a shared mindset of all of our employees,” Mr. Anderson said. “The team in Stockton is proving that reaching a goal of zero lost-time incidents is not only possible, but sustainable.”

Elaborating on its safety programs, Horizon said it takes a “behavior-based approach to safety,” which includes ongoing training, focused safety observations and peer-to-peer feedback to reinforce safe behavior and eliminate barriers to a safe work environment.

Local managers in Stockton credited employees for continuous effort to keep and enhance workplace safety for one another, customers and other onsite visitors.

“This milestone is a direct reflection of the commitment of our employees,” said Rich Rostomily, manager of the Stockton mill “It’s because of their dedication to creating a safe workplace that we’ve had zero lost-time incidents over the past two decades, and we will continue to work hard to maintain this level of safety performance for years to come.”

The largest flour milling company in the United States, Horizon Milling is a joint venture of Cargill and CHS, Inc., with Cargill as the managing partner. The company operates 18 mills in the United States with a combined daily milling capacity of 270,500 cwts.

The Stockton and San Bernardino mills in California are the only ones of the 18 built by Cargill, in 1992 and 1989, respectively. The remaining mills were either acquired or came into Horizon from CHS. The Stockton mill, the newer of the two, has daily milling capacity of 15,000. Mr. Anderson served as manager of the Stockton mill not long after it began operations, from 1993 to 1996.